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Since the release of Nintendo's hybrid console, has established a prolific and long-lived fashion to bring on the Switch an immodest amount of titles of the past in versions collectible or remastered or so on and so forth. Just think of the recent The World Ends With You: Final Remix, Child of Light or Dark Souls Remastered. Switch is gradually populating with an excellent line-up, not just independent productions. Today we are here to talk to you about Yomawari: The Long Night Collection.
Released on October 25 and published by Nippon Ichi Software, Yomawari: The Long Night Collection contains Yomawari: Night Alone originally released on PC and PlayStation Vita, and Yomawari: Midnight Shadows which also received a release on PlayStation 4. Are you afraid of the dark?
The starting point of Night Alone and Midnight Shadows is practically the same, even if seen from different points of view: the darkness. Since we were children we have been afraid of the darkness, darkness and all the things that are hidden in it: monsters, ghosts or any other kind of supernatural entity have tormented our dreams of puppies of human beings until the arrival of the 'age of reason, or almost.
The narrative premise of the two titles is also quite similar: the protagonist of the game will have to find a person dear to her disappeared in the first moments of the adventure : in the case of Night Alone it will be the elder sister; in the case of Midnight Shadows, instead, of the best friend. Our two protagonists will have to, in about seven hours that will complete the titles, venturing into two characteristic Japanese towns to rejoin the beloved ones.
"What will be so complex in all this?", You say. Nothing, but the fact that the adorable cities, at sunset, are infested with ghosts and monsters typical of Japanese culture and folklore. And it is exactly here that both Yomawari give their best: the atmosphere. Wander the narrow streets, turn from a corner and hope not to find anything in front, let your heart beat close to an entity just as happens to the small protagonists, all small and big feelings that you can try even more playing the titles in headphones.
The sound compartment is as simple as it is effective. There will be no background music, the only sounds will be the ambient sounds: the protagonist's steps, the wind, the acceleration of the heartbeat at the approach of an entity. Everything is perfected in every moment of tension or relaxation.
By them … by the Dark
The two titles have a completely assimilable gameplay: there will not be great differences in the sequel if not for some aesthetic refinement to the menus of interaction. Yomawari is a survival horror in isometric view with some flashes of puzzle game. The protagonists will have to move in two different towns, albeit rather similar, and avoid the various terrible creatures that will be placed in front of them. There will be no life bar, any interaction with an entity or a ghost will cause game over and you will have to resume from the last save. Saving that can be done at home or with the various idols scattered around the map. In the latter case, however, you will have to pay a coin (also scattered around the city) to make the save data, so you need to evaluate if and when to save, an element that increases even more anxiety and perception of being in constant danger
The most important thing will be to learn the movements of the enemies and above all try to understand when it is necessary to run and when, instead, hide or walk sneaking. Death will often come not so much due to an excessive level of difficulty (the two titles are anything but difficult), but precisely because of a question of mechanics. Everything is mainly based on the most pure and classic trial and error, so arm yourself with patience and above all a lot of courage.
Yomawari: The Long Night Collection picks up two successful titles by Nippon Ichi Software and brings them to weight on the Nintendo Switch, without any kind of addition. The merits and defects are therefore those of the original titles: atmospheres of impact, engaging sound and macabrously beautiful settings collide with very few innovations between the first title and its sequel and slightly crude mechanics, which should have been refined with a second title . Recommended for survival horror lovers!
► Yomawari: The Long Night Collection is an adventure-puzzle game developed by Nippon Ichi Software and published by NIS America for Nintendo Switch, the video game 10/25/2018 If you want to buy Yomawari: The Long Night Collection can be found at 39.99 € .